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Billings Area Funded Projects 2009-2014

Blackfeet Tribal Health

The Blackfeet Tribal Health MSPI project, Honor Your Life, addresses suicide in the community by providing evidence-based trainings in suicide awareness and intervention, such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), safeTALK, Grief and Loss Recovery, Active Parenting NOW, and American Indian Life Skills (AILS), and promoting positive messages through media outlets. The project also plans monthly activities to promote healthy lifestyle choices and utilizes community events, such as Red Ribbon week, Indian Heritage week, the Pikuni Society Powwow, bullying prevention efforts in the schools to disseminate positive messages.

Chippewa Cree Tribe Health Board White Sky Hope Center

The White Sky Hope Center MSPI project utilizes evidence-based practices such as the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA), Coping and Support Training (CAST), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and the Matrix Model, as well as traditional and cultural practices to address suicide and methamphetamine use in the community. The project has specifically addressed men by establishing a men’s recovery home to serve as a residential treatment facility. The project has also developed numerous community partnerships with health and legal organizations, including the Rocky Boy Health Clinic, the Native American Chemical Dependency Director’s Association, Stone Child College, tribal courts, the tribal police department’s methamphetamine project, tribal police department jail based treatment program, Havre DUI/Drug Court, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and the Boys and Girls Club.

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Health & Human Services Department

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai MSPI project uses evidence-based practices to effectively prevent methamphetamine use and provide culturally competent clinical intervention to those experiencing suicidal ideation in the community. The project established a youth council and provides training to school therapists for intervening in suicidal ideations and for facilitating aftercare. Training is also provided to school resource officers in cultural competency, teen self-destructive behavior, and violence and bullying mediation. In addition, the project participates in community events to deliver presentations and disseminate information for suicide and methamphetamine prevention.

Crow Tribe Health and Human Services

The Crow Tribe Health and Human Services MSPI project, the Crow Bil’achpache Demonstration Project, utilizes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Question, Persuade, and Refer (QRP), safeTALK, and other evidence based practices in conjunction with traditional cultural methods to prevent suicide and increase protective factors in youth. The project hosts influential speakers to impact suicide in the community, and works with numerous community partners, including the Crow Nation Wellness Center, Crow Tribe’s Fitness & Diabetes Center, Crow Tribe’s Social Services, the Montana and Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council’s Planting Seeds of Hope, and the Montana Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to establish a network of resources for the community.

Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health

The Eastern Shoshone MSPI project, the Demonstration Project for Suicide Prevention, utilizes evidence-based, traditional, and cultural practices, and partners with local high schools to raise awareness and prevent suicide in the community. The project has educated more than 500 school staff, school administrators, students (5th–12th grade), community members, hospital staff, clinical professionals, police officers, and prevention specialists in safeTALK, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR). In addition, the project has raised awareness through participation in the 3rd Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Powwow, the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program, the Fremont County Suicide Prevention Task Force, the Eastern Shoshone Recovery Program, and through a televised public service announcement on suicide and the distribution of prevention awareness material.

Fort Belknap Tribal Health

The Fort Belknap MSPI project aims to reduce suicide behaviors and methamphetamine use in the community through the establishment of a crisis response team, providing Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK gatekeeper training, and conducting prevention, surveillance, and intervention activities. The project hosts youth and traditional events and disseminates information at an annual community health conference as well as various community functions and fairs. The project also strengthens culturally sensitive approaches to care through the use of a Sweat Lodge.

Fort Peck Tribes Suicide Prevention Department

The Fort Peck MSPI project, Initiatives for Healthy Life-styles, targets youth suicidal activity and methamphetamine use in the community. The project has established a response protocol for all incidents of suicidal activity and seeks to reduce suicide by raising awareness at community events such as the youth powwow, the Native American Day celebration and parade, and various community health fairs. The project also partners with local schools and other stakeholders interested in methamphetamine and suicide prevention to offer Native H.O.P.E. (Helping our People Endure) training in the community.

Northern Arapaho Tribal Health Department

The Northern Arapaho MSPI project seeks to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide in the community through the use of evidence-based practices, cultural practices, and community collaborations. Culturally based activities are available to community members, including sweats and youth art therapy talking circles. The project provides trainings in suicide and substance abuse prevention, including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK, and a crisis response team is available to provide screening and referrals.

Northern Cheyenne Board of Health

The Northern Cheyenne MSPI project addresses suicide and methamphetamine use in the community, including LGBT youth and veterans, through the use of evidence-based practices, culture, traditional healing, and partnerships. The project raises awareness in the community through suicide and bullying prevention at local schools, participation in the Veteran’s Powwow, the Fort Robinson Run, healing sweats, presentations at town hall meetings, and the Keeping Family Together Conference, and collaborates with the Honor Your Life Task Force group to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) trainings.